As Michelle Goldberg reported in 2014, the “Radfems” were being viciously attacked at the time over their desire to ban prostitution, and their refusal to accept transgender women as actual women.
One would hope it would be possible to identify as feminist without taking a side in such squabbles.
But advocating for women’s rights and equality is a big part of my life, and it’s something I plan to pursue professionally.
But I'm afraid my boyfriend is resistant to learning about any of this.
One reason so few people know what feminism means is because, as Bridges pointed out, feminists are constantly arguing about what it means to be a feminist, or even what it means to support “gender equality.” Take, for example, the ongoing feud between so-called “radical feminists” and other factions of the modern left, such as transgender activists.The Internet provides a great forum for people to yell at each other, so that’s helpful.In any event, it seems rather ambitious to claim today’s singles are thrilled about how feminism has improved the dating experience when most of them can’t agree on what it means, and probably won’t anytime soon.“The definition of feminism seems fairly straightforward,” writes Mary Bowerman. “Feminism may be about pay equality, while for others it’s about immigrant rights,” Bridges said.“When we talk about feminism in mass media it’s treated as one thing, but in the classroom we talk about feminisms, because there are lots of feminisms and fem-theories, and feminists have disagreed about what the future looks like since feminism was invented.” Got that?